Kawasaki-Built Ore Carrier Develops 18 Knots On Trials
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Japan, recently delivered the 135,830-dwt ore carrier Amagisan Maru to its owners. The vessel was constructed at the company's Kobe Works on an order from Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and Baba-Daiko Steamship Co., Ltd. The vessel is the second carrier of a new type developed by Kawasaki. The hold is divided into three parts by special watertight bulkheads. It is designed to allow for the separate loading of different ores according to type.
Propulsion is provided by a two-cycle Kawasaki-M.A.N. turbocharged diesel engine. The machinery is automated in order to comply with the Equipment Certificate Intending an Unattended Machinery Space as issued by NK. A nozzle propeller is installed to increase propulsive efficiency.
The ship has an overall length of 895 feet 4 inches, a length between perpendiculars of 851 feet 7 inches, a breadth of 144 feet 4 inches, a depth of 71 feet 6 inches, and a draft of 52 feet 9 inches. It will enter service either between Japan and Australia, or Japan and South America.